The One is a bold new development in Toronto that will set new standards for commercial and retail accommodation in Canada. The 80-storey (306 metre) structure will be the country’s tallest building and its second tallest man-made structure after Toronto’s CN Tower.
The past decade has seen the city completely transform through unprecedented growth and development in the central business district and outlying areas. Situated at the border of downtown and the fashionable Yorkville neighbourhood, The One will bridge the two zones, inspired by its context, the neighbourhood quality of Yorkville, the commercial boulevard of Bloor Street and the local heritage character of Yonge Street.
Located at one of the most prominent intersections in the city, The One will be the final piece in the development of the tower cluster at the Yonge and Bloor node. The project anchors the high-end retail corridor along Bloor Street West, while respecting the urban scale of Yonge Street. The design is also respectful of the legacy of the William Luke Buildings that currently occupy part of the site, and will retain the historic brick structures that date back to 1883.
The tower is a clearly articulated building that differentiates the commercial units at lower levels from the residential apartments above. The structural frame is clearly expressed on the façade creating a distinctive series of vertical, horizontal and diagonal framing elements that are clad in a champagne bronze colour. The building is further articulated with the introduction of horizontal bands at regular intervals where mechanical floors are located. By expressing the functions and its distinctive structure, the building will acquire a unique identity, becoming an outstanding new addition to the Toronto skyline.
The residential floors are based on consistent 620-square-foot planning modules, allowing for flexible configurations throughout. The tower is topped by a series of duplex penthouses, which have sweeping views across Lake Ontario and beyond. Access and amenities to the residences is via a sky lobby with spa and fitness facilities, library and formal entertaining rooms, and a large south-facing terrace providing the residents and their families with luxurious, intimate spaces for rest and relaxation.